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Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak show more and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrive at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Pope Benedict XVI

Jesus of Nazareth (2007) 1,163 copies
Introduction to Christianity (1968) 1,134 copies
The Spirit of the Liturgy (2000) 1,023 copies
Saved in Hope (2007) 640 copies
The Apostles (2007) 339 copies
Saint Paul (2008) 282 copies
On the Way to Jesus Christ (2004) 197 copies
Behold the Pierced One (1984) 195 copies
Values in a Time of Upheaval (2004) 193 copies
Dogma and Preaching (1973) 107 copies
Faith and the Future (1970) 90 copies
Questions and Answers (2008) 80 copies
Europe: Today and Tomorrow (2005) 79 copies
Holy Women (2011) 75 copies
The Virtues (2010) 74 copies
Great Teachers (2011) 62 copies
Doctors of the Church (2011) 52 copies
Prayer (2013) 34 copies
The Environment (2012) 23 copies
Faith and Politics (2018) 20 copies
Signs of New Life (2020) 20 copies
Orar (2008) 13 copies
On Love: Selected Writings (2021) 12 copies
Being Christian (1970) 11 copies
Anglicanorum Coetibus (2010) 10 copies
La gioia della fede. (2012) 9 copies
Glaube und Vernunft (2006) 9 copies
Wo war Gott? (2006) 7 copies
Dio salvi la ragione (2007) 7 copies
Il cammino pasquale (1986) 6 copies
Sul Natale (2005) 6 copies
Nadar contra corriente (2011) 6 copies
Learning to Believe (2012) 6 copies
Padri della Chiesa vol. 1 (2008) 5 copies
Give Yourself to Christ (2005) 5 copies
Il sabato della storia (1998) 5 copies
Various 4 copies
Die Frage nach Gott (1972) 4 copies
Yo creo (2010) 4 copies
La belleza la iglesia (2006) 4 copies
The prayer of Jesus (2013) 3 copies
Miei cari sacerdoti (2006) 3 copies
O Espírito da Música (2017) 3 copies
Gli Apostoli (2013) 3 copies
Les encycliques de Jean-Paul II (2005) — Introduction — 3 copies
Il potere dei segni (2011) 3 copies
Mon concile Vatican II (2011) — Author — 3 copies
Conscience and Truth (1991) 3 copies
Praying with Jesus (2013) 3 copies
Minha Herança Espiritual (2013) 3 copies
Wer hilft uns leben? (2005) 3 copies
Pensieri sul sacerdozio (2009) 3 copies
Freut Euch! (2007) 2 copies
Ma vie (1998) 2 copies
La foi (2000) 2 copies
Swiatlosc swiata (2011) 2 copies
La Unidad De Las Naciones (2011) 2 copies
A los mayores — Author — 2 copies
Palabra en la Iglesia (1976) 2 copies
Mit der Kirche leben (1984) 2 copies
Imágenes de la esperanza (1998) 2 copies
Das Gebet der Psalmen (2013) 2 copies
Der Glaube ist einfach! (2006) 2 copies
ROMANO GUARDINI (2023) 2 copies
The Lord 2 copies
Pensieri ai giovani (2010) 2 copies
Pensieri su Paolo (2008) 2 copies
Faith (2013) 2 copies
Toccati dall'invisibile (2006) 2 copies
Fede e futuro (1971) 2 copies
Reflections on Mary (2008) 2 copies
Le omelie di Pentling (2015) 2 copies
Io credo (2018) 2 copies
HOMEM EM ORACAO, O (2010) 2 copies
I padri della Chiesa (2009) 2 copies
Fathers 1 copy
Cari sacerdoti (2006) 1 copy
Folge mir nach! (2007) 1 copy
The seven sacraments (2013) 1 copy
Aufbruch zum Leben (2009) 1 copy
Sulla musica (2013) 1 copy
Gedanken zu Maria (2008) 1 copy
¡Queridos Jovenes! (2011) 1 copy
Discursos En Portugal (2010) 1 copy
Homélies 1 copy
Benoit XVI en France — Author — 1 copy
ESSENCE DE LA FOI (2008) 1 copy
Konzil 1 copy
Paulus entdecken (2008) 1 copy
Pensaments espirituals (2007) 1 copy
El Año De San Pablo (2014) 1 copy
Maria, primeira Igreja (2004) 1 copy
Wort Gottes (2005) 1 copy
Das Konzil auf dem Weg (1964) 1 copy
Zeit der Gnade (2007) 1 copy
Freiheit und Glaube (2009) 1 copy
Weihnachtspredigten (1998) 1 copy
La sacra famiglia (2012) 1 copy
Crisis in the church (1980) 1 copy
Magnificat 1 copy
Learning to Pray (2012) 1 copy
Krizev pot 1 copy
Praying the Psalms (2013) 1 copy
Per amore (2019) 1 copy
Sulla settimana santa (1971) 1 copy
Modlitwy (2009) 1 copy
Regarder le Christ (2005) 1 copy
Glod Boga (2016) 1 copy
Stations of the Cross (2019) 1 copy
Komm, Heiliger Geist! (2005) 1 copy
A Filha de Sião (2017) 1 copy
Una mirada a Europa (2021) 1 copy
Living with the church (1978) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Sources of Catholic Dogma (1854) — Contributor, some editions — 546 copies
Roman Triptych: Meditations (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 267 copies
Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate (1994) — Contributor — 147 copies
Renewal & the Powers of Darkness (Malines Document) (1982) — Foreword, some editions — 24 copies
The Church: Readings in Theology (1963) — Contributor — 21 copies
Natural Moral Law in Contemporary Society (2010) — Contributor — 5 copies


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Common Knowledge



Post Benedict XVl in Christianity (Saturday 11:38pm)
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI RIP in Catholic Tradition (February 20)
BENEDICTUS PP XVI in Catholic Tradition (April 2014)
Benedict says God told him to resign in Catholic Tradition (August 2013)
Benedict XVI to resign? in Christianity (March 2013)
Pope Benedict Resigns! in Let's Talk Religion (March 2013)
Pope retires, citing 'frailty.' in Happy Heathens (February 2013)
Pope Resigns in Christianity (February 2013)
Ratzinger's fundamentalism in Let's Talk Religion (January 2013)
The Holy Father's birthday in Pope Benedict XVI (April 2008)


spiritual profile of the Council
SrMaryLea | 1 other review | Aug 23, 2023 |
commentary on Apostles Creed
SrMaryLea | 10 other reviews | Aug 22, 2023 |
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.
StFrancisofAssisi | 8 other reviews | Jul 12, 2023 |
Three book-length interviews with Joseph Ratzinger were published before he became Pope, the last two conducted by German journalist and lapsed-then-born-again Catholic Peter Seewald. They were followed by [b:Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times - A Conversation with Peter Seewald|9709804|Light of the World The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times - A Conversation with Peter Seewald|Pope Benedict XVI|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348448608s/9709804.jpg|14598155] , issued to some controversy when Ratzinger was on the Chair of Peter as Benedict XVI. To these must now be added Last Testament, which sees Benedict in the unprecedented role of “Emeritus Pope” and which, the publisher ominously tells us, will be Ratzinger’s last book.

In the introduction to the book-interview, Seewald explains that Last Testament is based on several conversations held around the time of Ratzinger’s resignation, in preparation for a forthcoming biography of the Pontiff. This gives the impression that this book is an afterthought, a suspicion which is unfortunately borne out by the text. There are some interesting insights about Benedict’s papacy, the Vatileaks affair and the considerations which led to the resignation. However, the chapters which deal with the Emeritus Pope’s childhood, upbringing and his role in the Vatican II, rely heavily on Ratzinger’s previously published memoirs [b:Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977|468104|Milestones Memoirs 1927-1977|Pope Benedict XVI|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348621807s/468104.jpg|456448], and the questions are more in the line of “requests for clarifications”. Moreover, not having read the said memoirs, I started to get the uncomfortable feeling that I was eavesdropping on a dialogue between friends whom I didn’t know too well.

The editing of the book also seems to have been done in a hurry. My hardback edition closes with a detailed note about the font used (Bembo, in case you’re wondering). Ah, you might say, this is a publication for real booklovers! And so it was probably meant to be. Yet, I came across a couple of editing mistakes (questions in regular rather than italic font), some typos and also instances of dodgy translation. Nothing too serious, but not what I expect in such an edition.

Despite my reservations, this remains an important document about a figure I admire. It is worth reading, if anything, for the striking image it conveys of the “conservative” Pope as a young theological firebrand reading Sartre, Hesse and Hindu texts and drinking wine with his comrades on the Trastevere. However, I found Light of the World more illuminating (if you’ll excuse the pun), whereas [b:God and the World: A Conversation with Peter Seewald|861455|God and the World A Conversation with Peter Seewald|Pope Benedict XVI|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348905284s/861455.jpg|846885], possibly the best of Seewald’s book-interviews with Ratzinger, provides a characteristically deep and wide-ranging discussion about practically all aspects of the Catholic faith.
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JosephCamilleri | 6 other reviews | Feb 21, 2023 |



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